S.C. official arrested for prostitution

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's former transportation commissioner has been arrested on a prostitution charge a day after being sentenced to probation in an unrelated case.

The State reports the Richland County Sheriff's Department charged 72-year-old John Norton Hardee with solicitation of prostitution Thursday. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Hardee to 18 months' probation and 45 days of house arrest, and fined him $1,000 on a felony charge of deleting emails connected to a federal investigation.

The newspaper says Hardee told the judge Wednesday that he always obeys the law and hadn't even "gotten a traffic stop in 45 years."

Sheriff's officials didn't release details of Hardee's most recent arrest and The State says Hardee didn't comment.

If convicted, he could face prison time for violating the terms of his probation.

Lawman: Brain tumor led to my fall from grace

CHARLESTON (AP) — A former South Carolina police chief who robbed one bank and is charged with robbing another says his life has been cursed since his brain surgery.

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The Post and Courier reports 50-year-old Richard Edward Inman has been in law enforcement since 1994 and was hired as Williamston's police chief in 2009. A seizure soon led doctors to remove a tumor on a part of his brain that oversees judgment and impulse control.

Inman's former co-workers say he came back without a filter and unable to do his job. He resigned over sharing a racist post online and then blatantly robbed a Simpsonville bank in 2017, appearing barefaced in surveillance video. He was sentenced to time served for that robbery. Now he's jailed on charges in another bank robbery in March.

Man held in transgender woman's killing

CHARLESTON (AP) — Police in South Carolina say a man has turned himself in to face a murder charge for the killing of a transgender woman.

The Post and Courier of Charleston is reporting that 34-year-old Dominick Archield is being held in the Charleston County jail.

North Charleston Deputy Police Chief Scott Deckard says Archield is accused of shooting to death Denali Berries Stuckey. The 29-year-old transgender North Charleston woman was found on a roadside on July 20.

Deckard told the newspaper that Stuckey's killing has not been classified as a hate crime, but remains under investigation.

Chase Glenn, the executive director of the Alliance For Full Acceptance in North Charleston, said violence against black transgender women is becoming a crisis.

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